Police say man died after just one punch

Mar 27, 2008 Full story: The Plain Dealer 105

“He was a good person, a quiet person. I just want him to come back. He isn't coming back, is he?”

Lakewood- Derrick Dykas threw one punch at Matthew Hockey. It was enough to kill him, authorities say. via The Plain Dealer

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kagey

Cleveland, OH

#103 Feb 23, 2009
I am surprized at peoples comments. I didn't know either involved. The sad fact it that 2 people have lost there sons, One to Death and More than likely the other to prison. The facts won't matter. Over words,,,,,,,I am sorry for both families.
UMMMMM

Stow, OH

#104 Feb 28, 2009
Love Him wrote:
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Just so everyone knows that is talking about Hockeys son. Hockey never saw his son and did not give a crap about him. As For Derrick. Derricks Son is Going to be born Sometime in Feb. And Now his son is left with out a father too. A Father who wanted to be in his sons life. How is this fair to derricks son??
Maybe Dykas should have thought about that before he got someone knocked up.
He knew damn well that he killed Hockey and that there was a very good chance he would go to prison.
...yet he still acted irresponsibly (again) and got someone knocked up.
Way to go Dykas. You are a class act.
UMMMMM

Stow, OH

#105 Feb 28, 2009
someone important wrote:
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HEY IDIOT! Hockey DIED because he REFUSED MEDICAL ATTENTION! If he had any COMMON SENSE, he would have gone to the HOSPITAL! Instead his IGNORANT DRUNK ASS went home and passed out! BARS ARE NOTHING BUT TROUBLE so if you go there, get DRUNK AND START A FIGHT, Whatever happens is YOUR PROBLEM!!
Hockey died because some punk from Michigan decided to get all badass on him.

Hockey was not drunk. Hockey did not start a fight. Dykas got the wrong guy.

Read the testimony before you make more of a fool of yourself.
UMMMMM

Stow, OH

#106 Feb 28, 2009
Proud MICHIGAN Resident wrote:
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You really need to STFU! Unless you were THERE, you have NO RIGHT to spew your BULLSHIT! Bar fights happen ALL THE TIME. Unfortunately, this guy hit his head on the ground. If you get drunk and fight, SHIT HAPPENS.
That is exactly what you should be telling your boy Dykas.

He deserves every second he will spend in the clink.
solidarity

Stuart, FL

#108 Dec 2, 2013
howellguy wrote:
I am Derricks brother and i want to let people know it was not his fault i have talked with him andi know what happend i first want to say to Matt Hockey's family me and my whole family and ESPECIALLY Derrick are sorry for what happend but it was all and accident. Derrick and his friends were out drinking after work and some of them were wearing detroit shirts or hats and of course because of our rivalry matt and his friends started talking crap and yes derrick did reply back and not in a nice tone than matt and his friends proceded to leave then later derrick and his friends went to leave and Matt was waiting for them outside and continued to antagoinze them and my brother felt threatened and hit him once then left. It IS NOT Derricks fault that he died after hitting the ground with his head he was offered medical attention and rufused it. He also refused to press charges but then he died and now my brother is facing jail time for and accident that shouoldnt have happend in the first place.
The ground hit his head? He died of a subdural hematoma to the skull, after a punch caused a concussion.
Your comments reminds me of my younger brother when he crashed his first car against a light pole. I asked him to explain what happened, and he replied: "Don't know what happened, I was driving the car and the pole got in the middle". Your brother killed a man. He is not "going to jail", he either will be given death penalty of life in prison for first or second degree murder. Another one that can not vote! and never will!

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